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Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser promotes tourism to stimulate state economy
Posted Date: January 28. 2016

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) While State Treasurer John Kennedy discussed the state's struggling oil industry at the Golden Nugget on Thursday, over at L'Auberge, newly-elected Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser proposed a solution to stimulate the state's economy. "I think this is a great time, with the oil field down, to focus on tourism being that economic engine we need. There's no better time to rely on tourism to strengthen our economy and bring more tax dollars to Louisiana," Nungesser said.Read more

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Contributes $1 Million to the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center
Posted Date: November 3, 2015

Lake Charles, La. (October 29, 2015) — The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced a $1 million contribution over 4 years to the building campaign for the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC).

The project was originally conceived as the Hurricane Audrey Museum in a partnership between the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road (CNTAAR) and the CVB. After the hurricanes of 2005 and 2008, including Katrina, Rita and Ike, the project became national in scope to interpret the interconnected story of weather, water and the wetlands as well as to serve as a forum to disseminate world-class scientific research. Read more

 

 

 

THOUSANDS ATTEND FIRST EVER HURRICANE AWARENESS DAY
Posted Date: October 28, 2015

On September 26 the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center brought together the community for a day of first responder appreciation and exciting educational activities. Click the below links for video coverage and photos of the day - and remember, this was only a sample of the types of family-oriented public programs the NHMSC will feature upon opening in 2018! Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors!

KPLC Video Coverage | American Press: “New era for hurricane awareness” | Photos

AXIALL FOUNDATION PRESENTS FIRST INSTALLMENT OF $100K PLEDGE TO NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER
Posted Date: June 15, 2015

Jim Rock, works manager at Axiall’s Lake Charles facilities, presented the first installment of a $100,000 pledge to the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC) on behalf of the Axiall Foundation. The pledge will be paid over a five-year period. Read more | Photo

PROMINENT LOUISIANA FAMILY PLEDGES $1,000,000 TO NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER
Posted Date: April 7, 2015

The Stream family has pledged $1,000,000 toward the building and operations of the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC). The gift is the largest private donation to the Center since fundraising began more than four years ago. Read more | Video

NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES GIFTS TOTALING $1 MILLION FROM STATE FARM® AND ENTERGY®
Posted Date: December 2, 2014

Entergy and State Farm co-hosted an event today to present checks of $500,000 each to the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC). This $1,000,000 will go a long way in reaching the center’s fund raising capital contribution target to build this one-of-a-kind education center along the shoreline of Lake Charles. Read more | Video | Press Event Video

SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER CONTINUES TO GROW
Posted Date: 10/14/2014

Lake Charles, Louisiana, October 14, 2014 – The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC) has reached a new milestone by bringing together an advisory panel of eminent educators, scientists, and policymakers committed to raise awareness of issues related to extreme weather events and coastal preservation. These will be among the defining challenges facing current and future generations globally. Read more

Parish Line News for July
Posted Date: 7/21/2014

In this month's Parish Line we will check in on the progress of the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center, learn about the Southwest Louisiana Search and Rescue Team and much more the Hurricane Museum/Science Center project for the July edition of the Parish Line. Read more

NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES STATE FUNDING
In the 2014 session of the Louisiana Legislature, lawmakers approved approximately $28 million in funding support for the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC). This funding will come in stages, or Capital Outlay priorities, as the center continues to raise the additional dollars needed to complete the bricks and mortar portion of this educational center. Read more

CHENIERE ENERGY HOSTS EVENT AND PRESENTS CHECK TO NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER
The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC) announces a generous donation of $200,000 from Cheniere Energy to advance the capital campaign to build the Museum in Lake Charles, LA. During a reception hosted by Cheniere Energy in honor of the NHMSC, on the evening of June 25, the company issued a challenge to other corporate and community leaders to join them in their support of this educational endeavor. Read more 
Other Sources: “American Press 6/29/14”“KPLC TV 6/26/14”“KPLC 6/25/14”
 

The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana announces $75,000 donation to NHMSC
Lake Charles, LA May 7, 2014 – The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana announced a $75,000 donation to the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC), dedicated to  developing a first-of-its-kind national education initiative focusing on weather, water, and wetlands. Read morePhoto click here.

Louisiana Committee of 100 Hosts Fund Raising Event in Baton Rouge for Center
Mr. Michael Olivier, President and CEO of the Committee of 100, co-hosted a reception on December 4, 2013, at the Camelot Club in Baton Rouge to introduce the center to his membership. Watch the event unfold, the presentation that was made to the group and the responses of some of the attendees. Event Video

Port of Lake Charles Pledges $3 million to Capital Campaign
In the boldest show of corporate support thusfar, the Port of Lake Charles has voted to supply the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center up to $3,000,000 toward building the Center. Go to the story as reported by KPLC-TV here.

Pinnacle Entertainment Underwrites Education Initiative
The Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation has awarded the NHMSC $80,000 to fund the bulk of our Center's Education Initiative, which is being created by McNeese State University. Read on!

NHMSC Gets State Capital Outlay

Fundraising for the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center got a big boost when the Louisiana state legislature approved more than $5 million in funding during the 2012 session. Read the full article from the Lake Charles American Press here.

Lake Charles Students Propose Their Own Ideas for the Center
7th and 8th grade students at the Our Lady Queen of Heaven School could not wait to see the NHMSC for themselves, so they decided to submit their own ideas for exhibits they hope to see incorporated into the museum and science center.
In response, on April 20th, the students were rewarded with an official resolution from the Center's board of directors along with a pledge that they will receive recognition inside the facility for being the first such group to promote their ideas.
To see their ideas, click here. And to view the Resolution, click here.
Clear Skies Ahead for National Hurricane Museum & Science Center
On October 22, Lake Charles voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot resolution authorizing the City of Lake Charles to allow the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center to move its proposed building site farther down the Lake Charles lakefront. The measure passed with 70.4% of the vote.
“It’s clear skies ahead for now,” said Gray Stream, board chairman of the NHMSC. “Moving forward with our building location secured, now we can focus all our attention on fund raising. The election generated a lot of momentum and favorable conversation about the Center, and this is the time to ask supporters to help us find the money to get it built,” Stream continued.
During the last few months, board members of the museum have made many in-person presentations to Lake Area civic clubs, showing and explaining particulars of what the NHMSC plans for their lakefront home just across Bord du Lac Drive from the Civic Center’s north parking lot. According to Stream, the presentations had the dual purpose of informing the electorate of the ballot issue, and expressing the need for businesses, organizations and individuals to donate to the project. 
In September, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury awarded the Center $150,000, and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded $100,000 more shortly thereafter. And, according to terms of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement signed last June with the City of Lake Charles, the City pledged a total of $4.8 million toward site and shoreline improvements, and to construction. This amount includes $800,000 previously granted to the City from Dow Chemical USA.
“Our fundraising goal is $67,000,000, but all of us know most of that will come from outside Lake Charles,” Stream says. “However, those outside ‘investors’—public agencies, the State, corporations, foundations and individuals—won’t put their money here without seeing that people and businesses in Lake Charles are willing to do their fair share. To be sure, this is economic development and an enhanced quality of life for our region. Everyone will benefit from their contributions in the long run.”

 

New Website and Press Conference Event

The NHMSC has launched this new website, and invited the media to a press conference on July 26th, hosted by the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

At the event, NHMSC Board Chairman Gray Stream said, "the NHMSC has designed a new website so everyone can see the progress we are making. We are also hopeful as we emphasize the importance of Lake Charles citizens voting their approval to move the museum from its present lakefront site a few hundred feet to the south."

YES Vote needed on October 22

The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center hopes all Lake Charles voters will help the museum move its location on the lakefront. A YES vote will to change the City Charter to permit the NHMSC to build on the northwest corner of the Civic Center property, just north of the present PPG fountain. This is not a new tax or any kind of tax renewal. The ballot proposition is asking your permission to move from Tract 2 to Tract 1-D. Here's how the resolution will appear on the ballot...

SHALL THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES BE ALLOWED TO LEASE CITY OWNED LAKEFRONT PROPERTY IN THE AREA DESIGNATED AS TRACT ONE-D FOR COMMERCIAL USE AS THE NATIONAL HURRICANE MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER AS SET FORTH HEREIN?

Hurricane Audrey Documentary on Documentary Channel!

We are pleased to announce that The Documentary Channel, with a
viewing audience of 25 million people, has picked up Emmy winning
feature doc. All Over But to Cry about Hurricane Audrey in 1957, and
will air the film on the upcoming anniversary of the deadly storm--
June 27th at 8:00pm and again at 11:00pm EST.

Please view / download the press release here  for details and 
spread the word!

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